U.K. Zoo Hand-Rears Mini Antelope
She’s about as tall as a TV remote, and weighs only a little more than a bag of sugar — but the Chester Zoo’s baby Kirk’s dik-dik antelope is a handful for her keepers!
The tiny dik-dik failed to bond with her mom, so she’s being hand-raised by the U.K. zoo’s curator of mammals, Tim Rowlands. She sleeps at Rowlands’ house each night, and has her early morning and late-night bottles there before commuting with him to the zoo for the day.
The little one is named Aluna, which means “come here” in Swahili. “It’s rather apt!” says Rowlands. That’s because she keeps him and the others who work with him busy while she darts around the office.
“Our little one is growing stronger and stronger by the day, and, all being well, it shouldn’t be too long until she‘ll be able to really hold her own,” Rolands said in a statement.
The dik-dik gets its name from the noise the animal makes when it runs for cover. They’re native to Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia, and grow up to 15 ½ inches tall.